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HomeMy Public PortalAboutRES 93/13RESOLUTION NO. 93 -13 A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF GULF STREAM, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, ENDORSING THE EFFORTS OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES TO FULLY INFORM CITIZENS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL MANDATES ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL CITIZENS, ENDORSING THE ORGANIZATION AND PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS TO BEGIN THIS PROCESS ON OCTOBER 27, 1993, AND RESOLVING TO REDOUBLE EFFORTS TO INFORM AND WORK WITH MEMBERS OF FLORIDA'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO EDUCATE THEM ABOUT THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL MANDATES AND ACTIONS NECESSARY TO REDUCE THEIR BURDEN ON FLORIDA'S CITIZENS. WHEREAS, unfunded federal mandates on Florida and its city and county governments have increased significantly in recent years; and WHEREAS, unfunded federal mandates require Florida's cities to perform duties without consideration of local circumstances, costs, or capacity, and subject municipalities to civil or criminal penalties for noncompliance; and WHEREAS, unfunded federal mandates require compliance regardless of other pressing needs and priorities affecting the welfare and safety of Florida municipal citizens; and WHEREAS, excessive federal burdens on cities force some combination of increased taxes and fees and /or reduced local services for citizens; and WHEREAS, fiscal authority for Florida's cities is controlled by the State Legislature, which further ties the hands of municipalities in finding revenue for unfunded mandates; and WHEREAS, federal mandates are too often inflexible, one - size - fits -all requirements which specify procedures or facilities where less costly alternatives might be just as effective and more applicable to that region's concerns; and WHEREAS, the federal government has imposed a freeze upon funding to help compensate for any new mandates; and WHEREAS, the cumulative impact of these legislative and regulatory actions directly affect the citizens of Florida's cities; and WHEREAS, the National League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities, in conjunction with other state and local government representatives has begun a national public education campaign to help citizens understand and then reduce the burden and inflexibility of unfunded mandates, beginning with a National Unfunded Mandates Day on October 27, 1993. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Gulf Stream endorses the efforts of the National League of Cities and Supports working with NLC to fully inform our citizens about the impact of federal mandates on our government and the pocketbooks of our citizens; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Gulf Stream endorses organizing and participating in events to begin this process on October 27th; and finally BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Gulf Stream resolves to redouble our efforts to inform and work with members of Florida's Congressional delegation to educate them about the impact of federal mandates and actions necessary to reduce their burden on Florida's citizens. PASSED AND ADOPTED in regular session on this 12th day of November, 1993. ´┐ŻL f Mayor ATTEST: Town Commission Town Clerk